Looking Back for May 16

40 YEARS AGO

This is what the view looking west on River Street from in front of the Manistee County Historical museum looked like in the very early 1900s.

This is what the view looking west on River Street from in front of the Manistee County Historical museum looked like in the very early 1900s.

Walk off

Workers at Martin Marietta Chemicals, Refractories Division, walked off their jobs and set up a picket line at midnight last night after failing to ratify a new contract. The company issued a terse press release this morning, confirming the walkout. The company said production and maintenance workers were involved and that the reason the contract proposal was not ratified was not known by the company. Company officials could not be reached for further comment.

60 YEARS AGO

Thinclads win

Norman-Dickson thinclads were first in the Albion track meet Saturday with 51 points. Ken Beane won the 100 yard dash, the 220 and the broad jump. Other point winners were Don Burns and Bill Sedlar in the pole vault, Chas. Beane in the broad jump and 100, Eugene Connolly low and high hurdles, Don Burns, low hurdles, Carl Smith 440, Raymond Asiala mile, Frank Thomas 220.

80 YEARS AGO

Council president

Bob Drew, president of the Junior Class in the high school, was elected president of the Student Council for next year at a general school election held this morning. He is also a member of the Hi-Y Club. He defeated Gilman Gambs, the other candidate, in a close race.

Farmers urged to sign up

Manistee farmers are urged to sign up immediately with the supervisors who will have charge of the distribution of the grasshopper bait of which about $35,000 worth will be shipped into the state within the next four weeks to fight melanoplus Mexicanus and cannula pellucida, the state’s most destructive hoppers in 35 Michigan counties.

Compiled by Mark Fedder at the Manistee County Historical Museum

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Mark Fedder is the executive director of the Manistee County Historical Musuem. He can be reached at (231) 723-5531 ormanisteemuseum@yahoo.com.

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